Barry health dept. hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics for kids with sensory needs

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Barry-Eaton District Health Department will host a COVID-19 vaccine clinic Saturday for kids with disabilities between the ages 5 and 11.

The sensory-friendly clinics will be held at the following locations:

  • Eaton RESA – 1790 E. Packard Highway, Charlotte, MI 48813 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Barry ISD – 555 Woodlawn Ave., Hastings, MI 49058 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This isn’t the first time the health department has hosted this kind of clinic.

When kids 12 years old and above became eligible, a sensory-friendly clinic was also held. A spokesperson says it was “well received” so they thought it would be great to do it again for this new eligible age group.

There will be fidget toys for distraction, comfort or stimming. Picture communications materials will also be available for explaining the vaccination process.

Patients are encouraged to make any sounds that they would like while they receive their shot. Staff who are trained on sensory and disability accommodations will help administer the vaccine.

To schedule an appointment you can click here. Anyone outside of Barry and Eaton counties are also eligible to sign up.

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